The construction on the Chinese observatory called Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is near completion according to officials. 
The observatory will allow Chinese astronomers to detect faint pulsars, look for the first shining stars, survey quantities of neutral hydrogen, and potentially receive signals from other civilizations. 
The FAST project began construction in March 2011 with a budget of around 1.2 billion yuan ( $183,929,196 USD). And will relocate approximately 9,110 local residents for the purposes of creating a “sound electromagnetic wave environment.” 
This project is only one of the multiple astrological endeavors the Chinese government is undertaking. The government has invested billions into their space exploration program; to name a few, they want to build a permanent space station, put astronauts on the moon, and explore the dark side of the moon.  
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